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'''John LaGale "Johnny" Horton''' (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) was an United States|American country music and rockabilly singer. Rising to fame slowly over the course of the 1950s, Horton earned great fame in 1959 performing historical ballads, beginning with the song "Battle of New Orleans (song)|The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood), which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. The song was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 ranked No. 333 of the Recording Industry Association of America's "Songs of the Century". His first hit, a number 1 song in 1959, was "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)". During 1960, Horton had two other successes with "Sink the Bismark|Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska (song)|North to Alaska" for John Wayne's movie, ''North to Alaska''. Horton died in...
Birth nameJohn LaGale Horton
AliasThe Singing Fisherman
Birth date{{Birth date|1925|04|30}}
Birth placeLos Angeles|Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Death date{{Death date and age|1960|11|05|1925|04|30}}
Death placeMilano, Texas, U.S.
GenreCountry music, honky-tonk, rockabilly
Years active1950–1960
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